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Democratic Platform Mentions ELLs


Over at Campaign K-12, my colleague Michele McNeil notes that the Democratic National Committee has posted its education policy positions online.

The 94-page document contains the following sentences about English-language learners and language learning in general:

We will also meet our commitment to special education and to students who are English Language Learners. We support full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. We also support transitional bilingual education and will help limited English proficient students get ahead by supporting and funding English Language Learner classes. We support teaching students second languages, as well as contributing through education to the revitalization of American Indian languages.


For the full statement and the list of signers go to the link at the Institute for Language Education and Policy:


Luis O. Reyes

I note that this is just a draft, not an official policy statement that will be proposed to or adopted by the Democrat National Convention.
There is very little in this draft document on education. Only two pages on K-12 education and the language is always general rather than specific. As far as ELLs are concerned, the only reference is quoted above. There, it is not clear what is meant by "English Language Learner" classes.

Let's hope. Senator Clinton and another member of Congress have proposed a tax break and encouragement on becoming an ESOL teacher. It would be well worth it to provide a draft.

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